How to Watch
When: 6:50 p.m. EST
Where: PPG Paints Arena; Pittsburgh, PA
Streaming: NCAA March Madness Live
Bets are On
Villanova is favored by -23.5, according to Oddsshark.
Rolling into March Madness as a 1-seed for the second year in a row, Villanova’s tournament theme could be best described as “Second Survival.” But, of course, to greet the winner of Virginia Tech/Alabama, the Wildcats must first take care of the Radford Highlanders.
Lead by Naismith Player of the Year finalist Jalen Brunson, Villanova unleashed offensive explosiveness in the Big East Tournament. Fellow junior Mikal Bridges is a cornerstone of ‘Nova’s shooting, averaging 18 points per game and downing 43% from three.
Radford secured their spot on the big dancefloor by a buzzerbeater against Liberty in the Big South conference championship. As if buzzerbeaters don’t provide enough excitement, the 16-seed Highlanders nailed their first ever NCAA Tournament victory, in Tuesday’s 71-61 game against LIU-Brooklyn. The defense-heavy Highlanders are lead by Ed Polite Jr. and Carlik Jones. Polite tops Radford scoring by averaging 13.5 points and 7.9 rebounds per game, while Carlik trails behind with 11.8 ppg.